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Vol. 6 / Issue 4 / March 4 2004

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Exceedingly Magnificent Temple
The People of God are called by His name that is “Christians”
Prayer Request
18th Annual CSI Family & Youth Conference of North America

News Items (Common to all issues) :
Through the Valley of Death & other Books
Download Articles in Handheld Computers
Kids Page - Free Tutorials
Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online
Your Spam Folder
Your Feedback

Editorial

By Sherly Isaac

I remember when we were young, when we go to bed my mom would remain awake and look at all the bags and put the necessary textbooks, notebooks, pencil, eraser and other things necessary for the next day at school. She would keep all the dress washed, pressed and ready for the next day. If things are not there she would bring and put it so that we need not to suffer in school because of lack of those things. Every Sunday prior to our departure for Sunday School, money for offering would have been kept on the table, a reminder that we have to take the money with us for Sunday School.

Over the years these things did not change a bit. If anybody has to go out, things will be ready before hand. I always wondered how accurately she puts every necessary things. Those small-small things which we take it for granted but how important these things are. I only realized it when I went for a training, away from home. Many a times I forget important things which are necessary and because of that I had to face embarrassment.


Likewise God also cares for every small thing His children need in their lives. Without our knowledge He puts all things in line which we need. He works behind the scenes to put together small-small things so that we may not face embarrassment in front of others. Bible says that He knows our needs before we ask Him as we read in Mat 6:8, "Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him."

Bible talks about the loving and caring nature of God. He is a God who cares for you more than your father or mother. A mother can forget her nursing child but He cannot. Parents can forget their child but God will not. His love and care is far superior than any human love.

Bible says in 1 Peter 5:7, "casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." Why do you need to worry and lose your health when God knows your need? Once I heard a message that, "God will come in right time. He will not come late saying, there was so much traffic or He will not come early but will come at the right time."

Today, you may be going through some tuff times in your life and may be thinking that God is no where in the scene. But cast your cares upon Him and forget about your problems. Let Him take care of your problems. And when He will take care of your problem, He will not allow you to see defeat. He will not allow you to be embarrassed before others.

Exceedingly Magnificent Temple

By Sherly Isaac

1 Chr 22:5, Now David said, "Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the LORD must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries. I will now make preparation for it." So David made abundant preparations before his death."

David wanted to build a temple for God but God told him that he will not build the house of God but his Son. As a father, he took so much pain and worked very hard so that all the initial preparations could be made for the building of the house of the LORD. We read in 1 Chr 22:14-16 "Indeed I have taken much trouble to prepare for the house of the LORD one hundred thousand talents of gold and one million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond measure, for it is so abundant. I have prepared timber and stone also, and you may add to them. Moreover there are workmen with you in abundance: woodsmen and stonecutters, and all types of skillful men for every kind of work. Of gold and silver and bronze and iron there is no limit. Arise and begin working, and the LORD be with you." He also charged all the leaders of Israel that they should help Solomon in this task.

Why did he take this much care? The reason is very simple, he wanted to put his best in the work of God. He says, "the temple must be exceedingly magnificent famous and glorious throughout all countries."

God also wants to transform us into magnificent and glorious temples of God for His glory. That was the reason why, Jesus came down in this world, suffered and died on the cruel cross for our redemption. He went through all these sufferings things to take away the ugliness of our lives and to make us magnificent before the whole world. God gave His best - His only Son to die for us so that we could become living temples of God. Bible says in 2 Cor 6:16, "And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people."

Yes, He wants to make you a magnificent temple of God. He wants to come into your life and walk among you. You may be living in sin, drugs, addictions and you may be having mounting problems. But if you come to Jesus and give your life to Him, He will take your broken life and change it to a magnificent house of God. He will take your life and use you for His glory.

Plans from God:
As David's time was approaching to leave this world, he was more and more concerned about Solomon and the temple of God which he was about to build. But we read in 1 Chr. 28 verses 11-12th that God gave the plans of the building to David. 1 Chr 28:11-12, "Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the vestibule, its houses, its treasuries, its upper chambers, its inner chambers, and the place of the mercy seat; and the plans for all that he had by the Spirit, of the courts of the house of the LORD, of all the chambers all around, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries for the dedicated things.."

And further we read in 1 Chr 28:19, "All this," said David, "the LORD made me understand in writing, by His hand upon me, all the works of these plans."

We see the concern of David as well the concern of God in building the house of God. God gave the whole plan to David. And Bible records even the minute details of the temple built by Solomon. Whenever I read those chapters, I wondered and thought, "why an ordinary person need to know all these details? It may be useful for an architect or a civil engineer but most of those who read the Bible everyday, they may be most ordinary people. When I realized the extend of the concern God had for His temple which was made by hands then I understood how much more concern He would have for the temple which is not made of hand.

He has a plan for each and every person. We cannot know His plan without the guidance of the Spirit of God. God revealed His plan to David through His Spirit. Today also He is interested to reveal His plan for us. But most of the people think that God does not speak now a days and so they just do not ask God. But when Jesus was about to leave this world, He promised to give His Spirit so that He can reveal His plan to us. John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you." And also in John 16:13, "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."

Yes, God is very much interested to give His plan to you for your life. How can you get His plans?

1. You must be saved.
2. You must be filled with the Holy Spirit.


Unless you are saved, you cannot receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Peter said in Acts 2:38, "Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

Salvation and filling of Holy Spirit are both different experiences as we read in Acts 8:14-17, "Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit."

This passage is not the only one which refers to the two difference experiences but there are many other passages which deals on this subject. Once you are filled with the Holy Spirit, God will guide you and show you things which are on your way. It is a marvelous experience and God wants to give this wonderful experience to you.

Do you want to become an exceedingly magnificent and glorious temple of God? Do you want to know the plans of God for your life? Come to Him and give your life to Jesus. You will never be the same again.

The People of God are called by His name that is “Christians”

By Suresh Christopher

Greetings to all of you in the great name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Bible says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” Says the Lord.

We are called by His name as Christians. Dear brothers, sisters and elders, have you ever realized that we bear the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. God calls us as 'My People' and also we are called by His name. It is not that we are born to Christian parents and called as Christians. From the above famous word of God in 2 Chronicles 7:14 Christians are “God's people who are called by His name”. Also in Hebrews 8:10, "...says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people."

First of all there is mention in the verse “wicked ways”. When we talk about wicked ways we always think in our mind about the sins of breach of law such as Killing, Robbery, Adultery and also Idol worship. It is true that they are wicked ways. Christians who are the people of God can live without committing any of these wicked ways easily. The Law of the land restricts us from committing those sins. Then what are those wicked ways to a Christian. Do you know that Living a life compromising, with the world is one of the wicked ways. Pride, Disobedience, Lying, Finding fault on others, talking ill of others, using Liquor, and many more things which are not pleasing to God are also wicked ways found in this world. These wicked ways are not restricted by the law of the land. People of God who are called Christians are not called to live compromising with the world. Lord Jesus Christ told in John 17:16 “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”

A ship should sail on the surface of the ocean and the ocean should not come into the ship. If the water of the ocean comes into the ship, the ship will drown. Like wise, we should live a life overcoming the world and not compromising with the world. What does the bible say about the life of a person who compromises with the world. Revelation 3:15-16, "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth."

When the evils of the world overcome our lives the holiness in us will become lukewarm, which is displeasing to God. Lord Jesus Christ shed his blood and made His people to be separate from this world. He does not want His chosen people to live a life of double standards, it displeases God. In the same chapter Revelation 3:1 Lord said "I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead." In a river of running water we can see fish swimming in the opposite direction of water flow. But at the same time a dead fish will go in the same direction of water flow and are drowned into deeps. So let us be living Christians to overcome the world and not go in the same direction the world goes.

Lord Jesus Christ told in John 16:33 “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

Some of us may think that we are living in this world among mass of different kinds of people. Business, Education, Society, Workplace, we come across various kind of people of the world. How it is possible to live a holy life living in this world. Can we mingle with those people, who are of the world ?. The answer is from Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is our forerunner.

Luke 5:29-32, "Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them. And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, "Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" Jesus answered and said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."

The above passage says that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ sat with the sinners for dinner. But His life was absolutely Holy. He preached the gospel of salvation to the sinners. We too have to do the same thing. In business, in workplace, and every walks of life, when we interact with people of the world we have to show the Gospel, at least by our Holy life. Matthew 5:16, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." God has kept us with those people of the world to shine His light to them.

See the life of Daniel. Even after knowing that the kings order is in force restricting prayer & worshiping God, Daniel prayed to God as usual.

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.

You know what happened later to Daniel. Lord sent His angel to protect him in the den of Lions. Finally God honored Daniel by exalting him to the highest position in the country.

King Nebuchadnezzar ordered the people of God, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, to worship his idol or to face death in burning furnace. They said in Daniel 3:17-18, "If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up."

The burning fire did not affect Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, The Almighty God sent His angel and protected them from the burning furnace. Almighty God honored them for standing for Him in front of all the people, who were worshipping the idol. If you stand for God overcoming the world, God will honor you. In the history of humanity, no one have been left ashamed, who stood for God. So whatever may be the situation, don’t go and compromise with the world for short term gains and loose the blessing of God. Stand for God, because He saved you by the great sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. In addition He is waiting to honour you.

Secondly, 2 Chronicles 7:14 says that 'God will forgive their sins.'

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ suffered on the cross for our sins. He shed His blood to cleanse us from all our sins and to make us holy. So your sins can be forgiven only by Him. So (1 john 1:9) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:7) and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Hebrews 9:22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. (Hebrews 9:28) So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.

Thirdly, 2 Chronicles 7:14 says God will 'heal their land.' Land refer to the Nation, family, and Individuals. Heal refers to healing of disease, fertility of land, blessing of the economy, blessing of the family and all our required blessings in the world. Firstly, Lord Jesus Christ forgives our sin and then he provides all the required blessings in the world. Lord Jesus Christ suffered on the cross not only for our sins, but also for our sickness, sorrows, curses, and financial difficulties. Lord Jesus Christ shed his blood for our sins and His body was broken for our sickness. Bible says in Isaiah 53:4, 5 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed." Lord Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

The gift of salvation is a complete package provided by God which includes the forgiveness of sins of a person as well as and blessings in addition. But now the complete package of salvation is not understood by our Christian friends. Have you ever thought of the complete package of salvation, I mean the additional blessings of Salvation that are required in this world for us, good health, finances, good employment. Are you still ignorant of the full package of the gift of salvation from our Almighty God Jesus Christ.

In the olden days people were traveling only by ships between countries divided by ocean. A young man bought a ticket for traveling from England to America. It was a long travel which would take 20 days to reach American land. So the person went to a shop and purchased eatables for his food during the travel. He packed in a big box with bread, cooked food etc. A room was provided in the ship to the young man to stay during the travel. He kept his large box of eatables safely in the room. He was very happy walking up and down the ship, going to his room, eating, sleeping. But this lasted for only 3 days. On the fourth day all his eatables were found to be spoiled. He went out of the ship and found a restaurant at the middle of the ship. The passengers were eating good food, fried fish, the smell of the food touched the young man’s nose. Because of hunger, he checked his pocket and there was no money as he had already spent all the money to purchase the eatables before the ships departure. He came to his room very sad and ate the dried bread for 2 more days. Now it was only the 6th day and another 14 days were ahead to reach America. The boy drank water for his thirst from the tap found in his room. Since the perished eatables began to give bad smell, he threw them to bin. He decided to fast. How can a person fast without praying. He got sick and only skin and bones were left in his body. He slept in his bed closing his room and counting the days still for reaching destination. Finally the 20th day arrived and the ship landed in the American port. The weak boy tried to jump and get up but he could not. But out of joy he managed to get out of the ship. At the exit gate of the ship, the Captain of the ship and his team were shaking hands of the passengers and sending them off. The turn for the boy came and the captain shook his hands and asked him. Where were you man in the ship. I didn’t see you, to have food in the food court at the middle of the ship. The weak boy replied that he had no money to come to eat at the food court. The Captain told him, "you did not have to pay any money for the food or medicines in the ship. The cost of the food is already included in the ticket that you bought for the travel. The Ships traveling ticket is the complete package for all the provisions of the ship to a passenger. The young boy felt very sad because he lost the tasty sea food in the ship and also he traveled as a sick person.

Dear brother, sisters and elders, this is the situation of numerous believers who are saved. It is true that you accepted Lord Jesus Christ as your personal savior and got the salvation experience. But you are ignorant of the word of God to know the hidden additional blessings of salvation. There are numerous promises of our Almighty God in the Holy Bible for His people. Don’t loose it because of ignorance of them. Be wise to improve in the knowledge of the word of God, claim the promises and get the blessings from Him.

Matthew 22:21 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."

Have faith in God and ask Him in prayer. Without faith in God, it is impossible to please Him. How to have the faith in God. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. You cannot believe or have faith in God if you are ignorant of the word of God. So read the bible, memorize the verses and increase the knowledge of the word of God. Holy Spirit of Almighty God will open your eyes to see the secrets of the word of God.

Let us pray:
Dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, We come into your holy presence as your people called by your name as Christians. We praise You for this great opportunity given to us. Praise the Lord, Hallelujah. Lord please help us to be away from the wicked ways of the world. Let us not compromise with the world for short term gains. Help us to overcome the world. We thank You for forgiving our sins and granting us the great gift of salvation. Right now according to Matthew 6:33, We submit ourselves to seek first Your Kingdom and Your righteousness. Holy spirit of God, open our eyes to see the wisdom of the Word of God. Bless us with the complete package of Salvation. According to Philippians 4:19 supply us all our needs according to your riches and bless us. We praise You, Glorify You and Worship You.

Praise the Lord, Hallelujah In the name of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we pray Amen!

Prayer Request

Can you please pray for me because l am having hard time as I am unable to see my family. My dad is very old now. He lives in UK. I am worried and want to see him. My mother and other family members are missing me badly. I do not have money for tickets. I am missing my son very much. So please if you can pray for me it would be very nice. Thank you very much and may God bless all of you amen!
Dinah

18th Annual CSI Family & Youth Conference of North America

18th Annual CSI Family & Youth Conference of North America will be conducted from July 1 to 4, 2004 in New Jersey under the direction of the Council of CSI Congregations in North America.

From: July 1-4, 2004
Theme: "That they all may be one" John 17:22
Place: Dolce Hamilton Park Executive Conference Center
Morristown, New Jersey
Leaders: Moderator, Church of South India
The Rev. Dr. Martin Alphonse
The Rev. Dr. Valson Thampu
Mr. Prabhu Singh
Bishops representing all 4-language groups are expected to attend this event.

For further information please contact:

The Rev. Itty Mathews
Vice-President
734-479-4945

Mr. Cherian Abraham
Secretary
215-638-4534

Mr. Samuel Johnson
Treasurer
708-361-2345

The Rev. Dr. Jacob David
Youth Director
201-935-2011

This is an annual event for members of CSI Community since 1987 for fellowship and celebration. It is one of the main activities of the Council of Church of South India Congregations in North America. CSI Council of North America is the only organization authorized by the CSI Synod to represent Church of South India in North America. More than 30 congregations, consisting of Malayalam, Tamil, Telgu & Kannada speaking families, are members of the CSI Council. Church of South India is the largst protestant Christian denomination in India with 22 dioceses. The Moderator is the head of this Church, which is headquartered in Chennai. CSI is in full communion with Church of North India and Marthoma Churches.

Through the Valley of Death & other Books

As many of you know that in the year 2005, our dad was very sick even unto death. God miraculously healed him. We have compiled it in a book form. I sure believe that it will inspire you and encourage you greatly.

This book is available for purchase at JasmineCorp Store

Also read these two books by Sherly Isaac "Allah and Elohim - Are they the same God" Available at JasmineCorp Store, and "Is Jesus God?" Available at JasmineCorp Store,

Both books compares the Bible and the Quran and read eye opening facts about Jesus, God of the Bible, Allah and Islamic faith. I am sure that you want to read this.

Download Articles in Handheld Computers

You can now download articles in Palm Doc format for your palm handheld computer. It will work with any devise that has Palm OS and Palm Doc Reader installed. To download click on the link named "Palm Doc Format" i.e. at the top of this page by the side of each articles.

Kids Page - Free Tutorials

Now you can learn Graphics and web designing online at Kid's page. These tutorials are free for kids who subscribe for CSI Kids Newsletter. Currently tutorials for Paint Shop Pro, HTML and Dreamweaver are available.

So please enroll your kids by going to http://kids.csinewsletter.org/member/join.asp

And visit CSI Kid's page at http://kids.csinewsletter.org

Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online

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in Malayalam online at http://www.malayalambible.org
in Tamil online at http://www.hindibible.org?ver=tamil

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